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of the nra and they are joined by tens of millions much supporters throughout the country. it's on behalf of those millions of decent hard working law-abiding citizens that i'm here today to give voice to their concerns. the title of today's hearings is what should america do about gun violence? we believe the answer to that question is to be honest about what works and honest about what doesn't work. teaching safe and responsible gun ownership works and nra has a long and proud history of doing exactly that. our child safety program told 25 million young children if they see a gun they should do four things, stop, don't touch it, leave the area and call an adult. as a result of this and other private sector programs, fatal firearms accidents are at the lowest level in 100 years. the nra has over 80,000 certified instructors who teach our military personnel and law enforcement officers and hundreds and thousands of other men and women how to savely use firearms. we do more and spend more than anyone else on teaching safe and responsible gun ownership. we join the nation in sorrow over the
private sector programs, fatal firearms accidents are at the lowest level in 100 years. the nra has over 80,000 certified instructors who teach our military personnel and law enforcement officers and hundreds and thousands of other men and women how to savely use firearms. we do more and spend more than anyone else on teaching safe and responsible gun ownership. we join the nation in sorrow over the tragedy that occurred in newtown, connecticut. there's nothing more precious than our children. we have no more sacred duty than to protect our children and to keep them safe. that's why we ask former congressman and undersecretary of homeland security hutchinson to bring in every available expert to develop a model school shield program, one that can be individually tailored to make our schools as safe as possible. it's time to throw an immediate blan ket of security around our children. about a third of our schools right now have armed security already because it works. and that number is growing every day. right now state officials local authorities and school districts in 50 states are co
taking on the head of nra. wayne la pierre. >> should we have mandatory background checks at gun shows for the sales? >> if you are a dealer, that's already the law. >> that's not my question. i'm not trying to play games here. if you could, just answer my question. >> i do not believe the way the law is working now unfortunately that it does any good to extend the law to private sales in collectors. >> worry all due respect that was not the question asked. >> i think it is the answer. we have to get in the real world on what works and doesn't work. my problem with background checks is you are never going to get criminals to go through several background checks. >> mr. la pierre, that's the point. the criminals won't purchase the guns because there will be a background check that stop them from the original purchase. you missed that point completely. it's basic. >> i think you missed -- >> let there be order. please wait. i said earlier, there will be order. >> joining me now from washington is connecticut senator richard blumenthal who said as a member of the judiciary committee, sena
insight into that fascinating meeting today at the white house between vice president biden and the nra. what can the vice president, what can the white house reasonably expect to get out of the nra today? >> the nra is going to go in there with a conciliatory face. they're being smart. they're sending not their top lobbyist but an official who has worked with biden over the years, worked with him in the '90s in the senate, is actually friends with him from the delaware beach, jim baker, the nra's number two, but he's coming with a very hard message. the nra told me that in the past 18 days, their paid memberships have gone up 100,000. they've gone from 4.1 million to 4.2 million. and they tell me that before this debate is over, they want to get to 5 million. so the nra sees this fight as a growth opportunity. willie, it's $25 a year, you get a free camo duffel bag with that. and we're told that jim baker, the nra lobbyist, is going to tell vice president biden we're willing to discuss, talk to you about any possible constructive solution, but here's the kicker, we listen to people bey
from the executive branch. of course when you're dealing with the nra this is somewhat expected. republicans have made no secrets that they intend to make the confirmation of chuck hagel very difficult. and jack lou who was nominated for treasury secretary will have a much easier go of it than hagel. well the conventional wisdom may be wrong. alabama senator jeff sessions, who is the ranking minority member of the senate budget committee had this to say about jack lou. >> i tend to oppose this nomination. he doesn't bring the former new york fed chairman like secretary geithner and other very prominent people that we've had as secretary of treasury the premier financial position in the united states government more important because our president has no training, and really no understanding of class classical business and economics. >> jennifer: and an unnamed congression nat source told the "washington post" jennifer ruben that lou was the one to screw up any dales deals and proposed lefty positions, whatever that means. and, we don't need a treasury secretary who thinks that w
, now what? one of the leading democrats on gun control, chuck schumer said he is in talks with high nra ratings and is in talks with somebody who is perhaps the best rating from the nra, tom coburn, a republican from oklahoma. schumer has delayed releasing his legislation on background checks in hopes to make tom coburn part of this legislation. >> but not necessarily on magazines or assault-type weapons? >> reporter: correct. just on background checks. still sources high up in the democratic party here in the senate say that they simply do not think that those high-capacity magazines or, more importantly, an assault-weapons ban, that that has any chance. they think the background checks has the most realistic of any passing. >> dana, thanks very much. a short time after the hearing ended, gabrielle giffords and her husband, retired astronaut, mark kelly, visited president obama over at the white house. you see a picture that has just now been released. mark kelly is in "the situation room." come on in, mark. we're going to talk about what happened today and where you stand on all of th
the violence. >>> as for yesterday's meeting with the nra that, one didn't go so well. yesterday's talks had nothing to do with keeping our children safe and was more about demonizing the second amendment. the nra statement says the group will "not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and mad men." we know gun sales often skyrocket after mass shootings usually because buyers are afraid of the government imposing stricter gun regulations. we are seeing that in the wake of newtown connecticut. one thing we're also seeing is a big showing from anti-gun groups. in just the last month alone more than 400,000 new members have joined mayors against illegal guns, that's a group started by new york city mayor michael bloomberg and nearly one million people have signed the demand a plan petition calling on obama and congress to outline a course of action to end gun violence. more "bill press show" is up live after the break. stay with us. right have, about the "heavy hand of government" ... i want to have that conversation. let's talk about it. really? you're going to
giffords, pleading with congress to act on guns while the head of the nra says not so fast. all of this played out at the very moment we heard of another shooting spree. >>> a deadly outbreak of tornadoes tearing up part of the south, along a dangerous line of colliding winter and summer weather that is visible from space. >>> direct strike. israel has now attacked syria in an air strike. what does this mean for this very dangerous civil war? and all the nations nearby? >>> and the parent trap. if you think it's tough cheering for your kids on the sidelines, imagine your kids are the opposing coaches in the super bowl. tonight, we'll hear from their folks. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >> good evening. it takes just a moment to remember back clearly to the very moment we learned about the shootings at sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut. to remember how shocked we all were and how sad and sorry a scene that was. well, this is still very much the post newtown era. so th
what the nra has been doing and i wish they had listen to the majority of their members that are saying we should have universal background checks. an awful lot of them are saying i don't need a large magazine. that's not what i hunt for. i have a gun home to protect my family. we're not taking any of that away. but there's still -- if you read the blogs and everything, i mean, what's being put out there is so far from the truth. but when you think about it, you know, what we're trying to do is holistically, we're trying to look at the guns that cause the most damage, the large magazines which obviously once you go over that 15, 20, 30, 40, up to 100, they say, well, that's taking away our right, but why did we ban machine guns? that's legal by the supreme court. i still go back to the supreme court which they seem to be ignoring right now, the nr a. they don't even want to listen to their own people in the supreme court saying that the municipalities and the sats have the right to make laws to protect their citizens. >> let's go to ron reagan on these thoughts. i want you to watch some
was there holding a sign saying "the nra has blood on its hands." she was taken out by security as one of the heads of the nra spoke. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. the piece ball, which was held at the mead center for american theater, was thought affiliated with any party. thousands came out. the number of official balls celebrating open as an operation is down from 10 in 2009 to just two this year. this time obama agreed to except unlimited corporate funding. donors have been offered a number of sponsorship options including the top tier of $1 million for institutions, $250,000 for individuals. in contrast, corporate lobbyists and political action committee donors were banned in 2009. individual contributions were capped at $50,000. several of the nation's best powerful corporate lobbying forces are bankrolling this year's festivities including at&t, microsoft, southern co. which have collectively spent almost $160 million on lobbying since obama first took office. today's ceremony falls on the third anniversary of one of the supreme court
. the n.r.a. invites joe biden to come face-to-face in a few hours. it comes as the v.p. threatened president obama made to bypass congress to use executive orders to enact new gun control laws. can he do that? peter doocy live in washington with the latest. >> brian, former president bill clinton was in vegas at the consumer electronics show, and part of his presentation was a plea for stricter gun control. it's very interesting. he said in some places with high crime rates there are going to need to be armed guards in schools, an idea the n.r.a. has endorsed. but he also said the broader issue of gun control must still be addressed. >> i grew up in [inaudible] why do anybody need a 30-clip for a gun? why does anybody need one of those things that carries 100 bullets? half of all the mass killings in the united states occur since the assault weapons ban expired. >> vice president biden yesterday said the president is talking to attorney general holder about potentially issuing an executive order to restrict weapons with the hope of preventing gunmen from committing mass murder in t
. meanwhile, the head of the nra, waip la pie wayne lapierre, was there as well. he said criminals would not be impacted by them because they do not undergo background checks. after the hearing, kelly and lapierre shook hands. >> strong disagreements. good to see they did shake hands. we disagree. we did so cordially and respectfully. >> what is the answer? what is the nra putting forth as the answer? >> security in schools, armed guards at their schools. that's their answer. the famous quote. the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. that is their stance. more guns, arm everybody. >> what about all the loopholes? gun show loophole? there has to be an answer from the nra about that. >> even with all of the debate going on right now. it seems the assault weapons ban that we had from '94 to 2004, it still doesn't appear that that is going to go through. a lot of opposition. opposition to that. we are a gun loving country end of the day. one issue they get around and make head way on the background issue, the loopholes you just mentioned, the ones, particularly, a
guns hunters and sportsman can use. the nra is already pushing back, saying senator feinstein has been trying to ban guns from law-abiding citizens for decades. but in a sign of where the nation stands, a new abc news washington post poll shows that 53% of americans support the kinds of gun reforms that president obama has proposed so far. mark greenblatt, abc news, new york. >> thank you, mark. of course, the president signed several executive orders. that was the first salvo in all of this. now the tougher battle is capitol hill. she says it's a battle worth having. we'll see what happens once it hits capitol hill. >> i think most americans, especially after newtown, they do support some port of gun control, perhaps not an aggressive form of gun control. but something. so why wouldn't it at least be passable? >> if the public is for it, you think capitol hill would respond. from '94 to 2004 in this country, we had an assault weapons ban. and you listen to people who supported it they say it worked and had the effect. you listen to the nra and other folks who say it didn't work. i jus
hearing on gun control begins this morning on capitol hill. the nra is expected to tell lawmakers that an assault weapons been a and back kbrou kbround -- background checks had not serious efforts to stem gun violence. gabby gifford's husband, mark kelly, is also expected to testify at the hearing. >>> in trenton, new jersey, authorities are touting the haul of weapons now off the streets thanks to a gun buyback program, bringing in 2600 hand guns. someone even turned in a rocket launcher. the state paid out $324,000 for the weapons, no questions asked. >>> a federal court is upholding san francisco's new nudity ban, so keep it under wraps. a judge ruled the ordinance does not violate first amendment rights. activists challenged the rule arguing the right to strip down is a freedom of expression. the ban covers public areas across san francisco and goes into effect friday. >>> a memento from mickey mantle's baseball career. a special ring has been found. just 536 so-called career rings were made, one for each of his home runs. the one in question belonged to his youngest son and i
the nra's way wayne lapierre. later on "early start," james johnson tells us why he joined the fight for tighter gun laws. that's at 6:30 eastern. >>> recent mass killings have put guns and gun control in the spotlight across the nation. the controversial issue pits two passionately believed arguments against each other, constitutionality and commonsense safety, but can there be a solution to america's gun problems? anderson cooper looks at both sides of the debate in "guns under fire" tonight at 8:00 eastern on c nshgcnn. >>> we are a few hours away over a capitol hill showdown over the man who could be our next secretary of defense. >>> plus the invasion of gnomes, and how they have people in one community taking sides. the great gnome showdown. [ mal] how do you make america's favorite recipes? just begin with america's favorite soups. bring out chicken broccoli alfredo. or best-ever meatloaf. go to campbellskitchen.com for recipes, plus a valuable coupon. campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do. you know how painful heartburn can be. for fast, long lasting relief, use doctor re
called americans for responsible solutions. the head of the nra wayne also testified today. a connecticut task force searching for ways to prevent shootings will from thosely by the sandy hook elementary school massacre. the panel will hold a public tonight.n new down force's working group on mental health, gun violence, and school safety have contentious testimonies at recent hearings. 20 children and six adults died in the shooting. >> alabama authorities are negotiate with a man suspected of killing a school bus driver and kidnapping a 6- boy.old the gunman boarded the bus in southeastern alabama tuesday afternoon. bus driver several times and then left with the little boy. suspect took the child to a nearby church where police are surrender.et him to it's not clear what exactly led to this situation. bp will plead guilty to manslaughter and other charges of 11 oil rig workers. they will pay a record $4 billion in criminal penalties for the gulf oil spill. a federal judge on tuesday approved the agreement. would not resolve the federal government claims. could pay billions more for env
feinstein gets her question to question him at today's hearing. she has been an outspoken critic of the nra. tuesday she told reporters they have fought virtually every kind of regulation. the time has come to change course and the time has come to make people safe. la pierre says congress shouldn't pass any new laws till the government starts enforcing the laws already on the books. susan mcginnis, cbs news, washington. >> it is unclear if gabriel giffords will attend today's hearing but connecticut center richard bloomenthal says there will indeed be a surprise guest. he's just not saying who that is going to be. >>> could there be a compromise coming on the controversial pit bull laws in maryland. montgomery county delegate luis simmons hopes to introduce a bill that will achieve that. last year pit bulls were ruled inherently dangerous. >>> a new display at washington crime museum takes a close look at dog fighting. the exhibit called dog fighting: the voiceless victims is sponsored by the uspca. it features items used by dog fighters. there's a skull of a pit bull that was removed from
157 types of assault weapons. the nra and their congressional allies are unlikely to approve them. >>> and the senate has some new rules this morning to curb filibusters, which are used to block bills and nominations. senators overwhelmingly approved the new rule, which reduce but don't eliminate the number of times a filibuster can be used by the minority party. in return, the majority will to allow two minority amendments to bills. >>> and rhode island statehouse, lawmakers applauded after passing a bill to allow gay marriages. rhode island is the only state in new england that does not allow them right now. the bill's future in the state senate, though, is unclear. no vote is currently scheduled there. >>> and new jersey's republican governor, chris christie, is getting some political support from an unlikely source. he's facebook's founder, mark zuckerberg, who headlined events for president obama's re-election campaign. he will host an event for christie next month at his home in california. >>> the unbearable deep freeze menacing millions of americans is delivering yet anoth
congress. now the message the nra is delivering at that gun violence hearing this morning. >>> and chevron may not be done paying up after last summer's explosion. who else is planning on fighting the company. >>> a lot of sunshine. temperatures beginning to recover during this 8:00 hour. looking outside just buhl over the bey, there's the golden gate bridge -- bridge. temperatures back up to the upper 50s and low 60s. >>> severe weather in the south this is springfield, missouri. heavy rain causing flooding. at least one death is reported blamed on the storm. right now several southern states are under tornado warnings. >>> happening right now, a u.s. senate panel is hearing testimony on gun violence. as kyla campbell reports from our washington, d.c. newsroom, former congresswoman gabrielle giffords gave her dramatic opening statement. >> reporter: she spoke only briefly and others continued testifying this hour. we're taking a live look at the hearing on capitol hill. it started about an hour ago, when gabby giffords testified and moved some to tears when she spoke. >> violence is a big
introduced an assault weapons ban last week and expected to have a lot to say to the nra executive director. wayne lapierre is testifying before the senate. >> he makes his claim that everybody is entitled to these weapons. my view everybody is seattleed to -- is entitled to be safe. >> reporter: what the group executive director is saying when i meet with you next. >>> also this morning two conservative action groups are holding a news conference outside of senator dianne feinstein's san francisco office. to oppose her assault weapons ban. the western representation pack is teaming up with the women warriors pack. the news conference is scheduled for 10:00 this morning at one post street. >>> your time is 6:17. this week oakland could lose the crime fighting help it has been getting from the california highway patrol if oakland doesn't start paying the chp for it crime fighting efforts. chp officers have been out there patrolling oakland for free. that deal will end this week. it's willing to help oakland for three more months. oakland mayor jean quan tells the tribune she hopes to use sta
in the committee tomorrow is that the nra presses him on the second amendment. does that mean that citizens should be able to have massive fire power to fight a future government. they would lose credibility with their own base. there is a real dangerous current fed on the internet and youtube, of people talking very threatening violent language about what would happen if congress were to impose an assault-weapons ban, and other gun control measures like that father outline, which was quite well said. and i think mr. lapierre needs to address that, including even the conspiracy theories that are circulating among gun rights activists, who claim that the newtown shootings and gabrielle giffords shootings somehow were staged. he needs to be challenged on those issues. >> well, we'll see if he is up to that challenge tomorrow, thank you for joining me tonight, frank. >> thank you, lawrence. >> "the ed show" is up next. there are places in this country where the threat of deportation hangs over the heads of many people. >> the good news is that for the first time in many years, republicans and democra
balance to the nra. there is an organization called americans nor responsible solutions that they are launching today and they make the argument that until now the gun lobby's political contributions have not been matched by others, that is about to change, no longer is what they write, is that how you see it? >> clearly that's their strategy, but again it all comes down to the sort of nuts and bolts of it. what is it that they are proposing? when you get into dash tkaerbg, if you want to create a nation hal database of people who are mentally unstable and shouldn't be getting guns, well do you think maybe that there might be some objection? forget the nra, do you think there might be some objection to epg keeping -- the government keeping a list of mentally unstable people? do you think maybe the aclu, or maybe some other group, psychiatric group might have some objection to the federal government doing that sort of thing stphao. bill: thing? criminals and the mentally ill can easily purchase guns by aeu sroeug avoid -gsing background checks. >> there are laws who preve
, because of the opposition in their states, and from the nra. in fact, the nra released a statement today, saying feinstein is, quote, once again focused on curtailing the constitution instead of protecting criminals or fixing the broken mental health system. and it went on to say that they're confident that congress will reject senator feinstein's wrongheaded approach. >> an uphill fight for dianne feinstein. thanks very much, dana, for that. and kate has some new information about a story. >> a very interested day in this convoluted tale, as heisman trophy runner-up, manti te'o, is trying to explain to the world why he lied about falling in love with woman who doesn't exist. te te'o's extended interview about the scam just aired with katie couric. he was very emotional at tiles, george. >> kate, it was an interesting interview. at first, he insisted that he did not lie about it. then he backed off that a bit and admitted that he did, kind of, sort of. but throughout the interview with katie couric, he insisted that he really believed that his girlfriend was real. that is, until he reali
to splinter a key part of nra constituency and sway parts of congress from positive gun parts of the country to sign in. >> the ability of a member, particularly one with struggling with difficult politics at home. the ability of that member to go home and have that factually based conversation with people in the audience who may start out angry, but then to get them to feel better when they know their gun and their shooting buddies' guns are protected, makes a big difference. >> reporter: here is the problem. for the growing number of sports shooters who use so-called assault weapons and extended magazines at firing ranges or for hunting. they wouldn't be able to buy ar-15s and many other rifles anymore. >> most sportsmen are using some other type of weapon, there are also recreational shooters and many of them engage, myself included, in the occasional shooting of an ar-style rifle. >> reporter: it's clear the national rifle association isn't getting on board with any of this. as executive vice president wayne la pierre said in a speech this week. >> we believe in the right to defend ourse
check is important. 89% republicans, 93% democrats. even the nra over the last ten years passed a greed with that. at least we ought to get the guns out of the hands of people who have them. >> we have laws and not enforcing them. 70,000 people basically failed a criminal background checks and didn't do anything at all prosecuting them. you can't continue to pile on the laws. >> one of the problems you face when you continually cut the alcohol, tobacco and firearm agency, you make it difficult for them to enforce laws. they don't have the people to do it. they can only do so many things. shouldn't be a gun control debate. it should be a law enforcement debate. haven't been a prosecute for in chicago for several years. but again, if we put some kind of restriction on high capacity magazines, should be able to come to some kind of understanding on that one. >> let me shift gears here. you mentioned cuts to the atf. let's talk about cuts across the board with sequestration. now, all of a sudden i read an article in the washington post yesterday where it's looking like this is probably goin
left. gun control issue.here is the committee hearing house on the hill today. nra is going to be there. also mark kelly, gabby give order's husband is going to be there. >> the law enforcement issue is not being addressed. 35% less convictions on guns since the bush administration. here i'm back on bush. and also 76,000 people last year were denied on background checks denied guns. 62 referred for prosecution. they have a point. more laws is that going to cover this thing? and frankly, we're not addressing the mental issues of this. we're putting up the ban date without any adhesive by creating more laws. >> look, it's always difficult to pass gun control laws in congress in the united states. >> even after what happened in connecticut. >> but i think there's a possibility you get more on the background check side. gun shows, that's the biggest freaking loophole. got to solve that problem. seems to me, who needs 20 bullet magazines to shoot a deer? sorry. don't think so. >> we will not solve all the problems here. but hopefully congress and the president can get something done. thanks
are opposed by the n.r.a. so this is a big issue for mayor bloomberg. but i think we need to not only point out the hypocrisy but also the after-effect. the fact that we were trailed by nypd officers who claim they had security jurisdiction which is a phrase that doesn't exist, by the way, to question me and show i.d. as though i was some teenager on a friday night trying to buy liquor. >>steve: you're right about the hypocrisy. look at "the journal news," the newspaper in suburban new york which published those names of people who legally had guns, and then what did they have to do? they had to hire armed guards to protect them in the fallout. >> absolutely. that's the point. listen, americans know best how to protect their family. and you have, especially in urban cities, you have thugs, wanna-be thugs looking to vandalize homes. it's not like if congress issues a directive, if you're going to rob a home, do it by yourself. don't have someone with you, don't have an assistant. obviously criminals aren't going to follow that. therefore, why should mayor bloomberg and other politicians who
at a national level and actually fund candidates to counter balance the nra candidates. so if security and armed security is good for him i expect it for that single mother in new york city who is concerned about thugs and wannabe thugs who are going to rob her home. martha: she can legally have a gun and carry it. >> she can have a gun but it's restrictive as to the number of rounds in the magazine. right now nypd the standard issue firearm has 15 round in a magazine. now in new york you can only have seven. i'm sorry, burglars don't just rob homes by themselves. usually they have partners and they are not going to follow any directive, oh, please if you're going to rob this home, just do it by yourself, don't have two or three or four people with you. i think americans not the government should determine how many bullets they need to defend their person, property and family. martha: what do you think his answer would have been if you had got even through with him. why he deserves, and public officials deserve, and i think you're right, and most americans believe that you want these public offi
reason why he's running the president's effort on gun control, taking on the nra. >> i've done this before. i passed assault weapons ban. >> reporter: more than 20 years ago. >> yeah. and because the so-called biden crime bill had a life span of 20 years and had to be renewed during the bush administration, there was no desire in 2004 to renew it. but that doesn't mean there's still not a consensus for a bulk of what we're proposing. >> so can you guarantee that the president will sign some form of general legislation? >> look, i can't guarantee anything that the congress is going to sign but i can guarantee you that the president and i are absolutely committed to take this fight to the american people for a rational gun safety policy in america. >> reporter: and he is smack in the middle of a fiscal fight. now he's ready for round two and predicts republicans will be different. sdl. >> they finally figured it out. all of this plus sister that they are going to reanything on the debt, they will not. because there are more responsible people in the party than irresponsible. so i
with them. in fact, many of them reflect proposals made by the n.r.a. even if we give senator mcconnell the benefit of the doubt as to whether he actually knew what his campaign manager was putting out, he he is as responsible as we all are for what our employees do in our name. i call on senator mcconnell to apologize to his supporters, some of whom are my constituents, for stoking totally irrational and unjustifiable fear. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> pursuant to house resolution 39, i call up house resolution -- h.r. 325 to ensure the complete and timely payment of obligations of the united states government. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman mean to call up the rule? mr. sessions: i do. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 2, house resolution 39, resolved, that upon the adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill, h.r. 325, to ensure the complete and timely payment of the obligations of the united st
. but it's their option. schools want it or they don't. >> i think you're right because the nra wants it. >> they want it. the president -- >> what do you think of that, reverend? do you want a guy standing there with a pistol or a rifle for 30 years? >> i don't support putting police in schools. i think there's a lot of reasons that you don't but i think that the way that they did it that kept a lot of progressives from screaming is they said, it's the option of the school district and then you've got to go in the school district and organize against it. i think that's the way it was dealt with. but i want to say in terms of the immigration, an aside from that issue, the most emotional moment i saw today other than some of the things the president said was when justice sotomayor stepped up to swear in biden. because i was sitting there and you could feel the whole latino community rise up and everybody stood up clapping. >> biden for president. >> i was able to talk to her afterwards. that was a very emotional and historic moment, the first time in history that we have seen a hispanic s
. this is something the president has said should be left to the schools, the nra says should be part of a national plan. it will be interesting given the poll numbers. the entrenched interests in washington not on the president's side. we'll see what he does there. one other thing i want to note. the president talked about how immigrants in this country should be allowed to go to school and then become the leaders of the next generation, not be deported. well, remember, it was his administration, this is the bush administration here, deportations of illegal immigrants, it was the obama administration that angered many latinos, and especially latino interest groups by increasing the number of deportations. the president is hoping now that this actually gives him some credibility as he tries to negotiate an immigration reform package with republicans. and anderson, one of the things we have seen since the election is the republicans know the math. they see the demographics of this country. they realize they have a crisis. they cannot be a viable national party if they keep getting such a tiny percen
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